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Scenes From Opening Night at "The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl"

Scenes From Opening Night at "The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl"
Heike Wollenweber

View more photos from "The Record" at Miami Art Museum here.

The Miami Art Museum's new exhibit "The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl" opened Saturday night, drawing a bright mix of artists, art enthusiasts, and collectors to its mixed media group show exploring the intersection between visual art and music in a unique auditory and visual experience.

In tune with the theme, DJ Le Spam was spinning vinyl, and the Smirnoff girls served cocktails on record trays.

DJ Le Spam, using vinyl for its intended purpose.
DJ Le Spam, using vinyl for its intended purpose.
Heike Wollenweber

The panel discussion featured MAM curator Rene Morales, exhibition

artist Xaviera Simmons, and Trevor Schoonmaker, curator of contemporary

art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The panel explored

the meaning and history of the record and detailed some of the work

featured in the exhibition, which comprises 99 works by 41 artists.

The

group exhibit includes work by both rising stars and established artists in contemporary art, including names like William Cordova, Ed Ruscha, and

Carrie Mae Weems. Showing in a US museum for the first time in their

careers are Jeroen Diepenmaat, Kevin ei-ichi deForest, Taiyo Kimura and

Lyota Yagi. "Outsider artist" Mingering Mike adds another component

with his fake album covers that are part of an alternative universe, featuring himself as a superstar.

The Smirnoff girls show off their platters.
The Smirnoff girls show off their platters.
Heike Wollenweber

New York based artist and DJ Xaviera

Simmons participates with an installation combining photography and

music. The photography series, taken in North Carolina on a mission to

explore "the idyllic," has a rustic feel further enhanced by wooden

walls and the acoustic nature of the soundtrack exclusively recorded for

the installation by 15 musicians such as Jim James, Tunde Adebimpe from

TV on the Radio, and saxophonist Paula Henderson.

Simmons'

installation is just one example of the exhibition's inclusive concept.

"The Record" truly explores the record from every angle. The record is

art and is treated as a treasured object, telling history, expressing

identity and bearing witness to changes. "The Record" examines the

transformative power of the vinyl record from the 1960s until the

present day via video, sound work, installations, sculptures, drawings,

paintings, and photography.

A packed house for the panel discussion.
A packed house for the panel discussion.
Heike Wollenweber

"Vinyl records belong to the

category of objects that have managed to play particularly significant

roles in cultural history. They have established themselves firmly

within the cultural consciousness, across generational and geographic

boundaries," says Morales. "This exhibition is an homage to a technology

that has enriched our lives, expressed through the work of diverse

artists who share a deep love for vinyl."

"The Record.

Contemporary Art and Vinyl" is a savvy move by the Miami Art Museum,

engaging a younger generation and taking art

beyond the museum walls. The MAM Soundbomb Bus will take to the streets

of Miami and make a stop at various upcoming events such as the Fool's

Gold Block Party and Heineken Transatlantic Festival. And that's all in addition to a series of lectures, DJ sessions, and a Sound Clash DJ

Battle at the Closing Night Party on June 9th.

Matthias Woernlein, Vivi Diaz, and MAM's Alexa Ferra
Matthias Woernlein, Vivi Diaz, and MAM's Alexa Ferra
Heike Wollenweber

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